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Henry Ward Beecher

Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.

Cause | Defeat | Good | Afraid |

Henry Ward Beecher

It is defeat that turns bone to flint, and gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible, and formed those heroic natures that are now in ascendancy in the world. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.

Cause | Defeat | Good | Men | World | Afraid |

Herodotus NULL

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts that ever before.

Men |

Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Humanity |

Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for mankind.

Mankind |

John Ruskin

No peace was ever won from fate by subterfuge or argument; no peace is ever in store for any of us, but that which we shall win by victory over shame or sin - victory over the sin that oppresses, as well as over that which corrupts.

Argument | Fate | Peace | Shame | Sin | Fate |

John Ruskin

No peace was ever won from fate by subterfuge or agreement; no peace is ever in store for any of us, but that which we shall win by victory over shame or sin - victory over the sin that oppresses, as well as over that which corrupts.

Fate | Peace | Shame | Sin | Fate |

Joseph Campbell

The standard path of the mythological adventure of the hero is a magnification of the formula represented in the rites of passage: separation – initiation – return: which might be named the nuclear unit of the monomyth. A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from his mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

Adventure | Day | Hero | Man | Power | Rites | Wonder | World |

Joseph Heller

'You put stock in winning wars, 'the grubby iniquitous old man scoffed. 'The real trick lies in losing wars, and in knowing which wars can be lost. Italy has been losing wars for centuries, and just see how splendidly we've done nonetheless. France wins wars and is in a continual state of crisis. Germany loses and prospers. Look at our own recent history. Italy won a war in Ethiopia and promptly stumbled into serious trouble. Victory gave us such insane delusions of grandeur that we helped start a world war we hadn't a chance of winning. But now that we are losing again, everything has taken a turn for the better, and we will certainly come out on top again if we succeed in being defeated.'

Better | Chance | History | Knowing | Man | War | Will | World | Old | Winning |

Plutarch, named Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus after becoming Roman citizen NULL

All warriors may see an example of their common frailty, and learn a lesson that there is nothing durable or constant? For what time can men select to think themselves secure, when that of victory itself forces us more than any to dread our own fortune?

Dread | Example | Fortune | Lesson | Men | Nothing | Time | Learn | Think |

Plato NULL

The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is of all things the most shameful and vile.

Self |

Polybius NULL

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.

Men |

Preston Bradley

The world has a way of giving what is demanded of it. If you are frightened and look for failure and poverty, you will get them, no matter how hard you may try to succeed. Lack of faith in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts you off from the good things of the world. Expect victory and you make victory. Nowhere is this truer than in business life, where bravery and faith bring both material and spiritual rewards.

Bravery | Business | Failure | Faith | Giving | Good | Life | Life | Poverty | Will | World | Failure | Business |

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The god of victory is said to be one-handed, but peace gives victory to both sides.

God | Peace | God |

Richard M. DeVos, Sr.

It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle.

Battle | Race |

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Better | Defeat | Failure | Rank |

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at last fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

Achievement | Better | Cause | Credit | Critic | Daring | Deeds | Defeat | Man | Deeds |

Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

It must be a peace without victory... Victory would mean peace forced upon the loser, a victor’s terms imposed upon the vanquished. It would be accepted in humiliation, under duress, at an intolerable sacrifice, and would leave a sting, a resentment, a bitter memory upon which terms of peace would rest, not permanently, but only as upon quicksand. Only a peace between equals can last. Only a peace the very principle of which is equality and common participation in a common benefit. The right state of mind, the right feeling between nations, is as necessary for a lasting peace as is the just.

Equality | Memory | Mind | Nations | Peace | Resentment | Rest | Right | Sacrifice |